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Comp Specs What You Think?

By XtR-X
Jun 22, 2003
  1. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,384   +15

    RDRAM is an option, but it doesnt perform up with DDR, hince Intel has dropped it. I recon you'd be better off with AMD :)
     
  2. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    You mean RDRAM doesnt perform as well as DDR? (making sure I understand that sentence correctly) ;-)

    I actually had a conversation with the owner at work today about a new PC that I am to build. He wanted some spec's for a new computer to use as a stand-alone FTP server and WebHosting server. He asked me about RDRAM and I told him it just wasnt practical to use it and doesnt perform as well as the MHZ would imply that it does. I also feel that it would be very limited to its performance due to current system speeds even if it did actually 'perform' at the quality you would think it did because of the MHZ that RDRAM is listed as.
     
  3. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    From what I've heard, apparently RDRAM has more potential than DDR, but nothing is optimized for it, it's very different from SDRAM, and SDRAM has been the main memory for years now.

    Anyway it's dead now and you should just stick with DDR, P4 or Athlon.
     
  4. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,040

    Guys, sorry to say, I'm switching back to Intel. I've just finished reading a review at THG, and Intel totally dominated Athlon XP in the latest processors.

    http://www6.tomshardware.com/cpu/20030210/index.html

    Also, in this review, http://www6.tomshardware.com/cpu/20011031/ , AMD proves to be dominant over Intel, SO, if you plan on purchasing a computer from the 1500+ to the 2000+, AMD is the way to go. Over that, it's pointless, AMD sucks compared to the HT and FSB enhanced processors by Intel.

    I don't mind spending 100 bucks more for better performance. It's a little part to whole.

    I play new games this day and age, I've gotta have the performance and the near latest, well working technology, as I like to buy a computer every 3 years.
     
  5. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    You'll pay hundreds more for performance increase that you'll hardly notice. Intel CPUs and mainboards are much more expensive than AMD based products, and slower when running older non-SSE2 enhanced software. The nForce2 platform is the most stable platform currently available for any system and its cheap. The money you'll save by choosing AMD will pay for better graphics/hard drive/etc. But you should choose whatever makes you happy, as its your cash at the end of the day, so don't listen to anyone else, then you have only yourself to blame.
     
  6. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    Don't believe everything that you read. In the past it is known that reviewers have accepted payoffs to lie. Just as Nvidia cheated on its benchmarks which is a large part of what reviews are based on.

    Also the point that Nic made is a good one. You must ask yourself, should I sacrifice stability for a system that cost MORE, and performs only slightly better than the competitor? I would say no but that is just my opinion.

    Stability is obviously more of an issue for companys running servers and hosting valuable data, etc., but if your going to be running a CS server than stability will also be an issue for you..

    Something to think about.
     
  7. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,040

    I've heard otherwise on stabability to Intels than what you guys have to say.

    Also, with all due respect, acidosmosis, and everyone else out there that has the same view, I think you're just being ignorant remembering how good AMD was back in the 1500+ to the 2000+ range that you've carried that information engraved in your head to right now.

    I think I can say (for the most part) that THG is a respectable site with little to no problems or lies (that I've heard of).

    Though, I will read some more articles and the vast majority determine all. Plus, if they got payed to lie, I'm very much positive that alot of people will know that by now.

    CS server, no. As I've said earlier, those benchmarks proove AMD dominating Intel on the 1500s to the 2000s, though, it may be another lie since you don't trust your reading (something to come back at you). If I do buy a CS server, it WILL be within the 1700s to the 2000s, AMD.
     
  8. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,040

    I also just designed 2 identical systems and changed the MOBO, Processor, and cooling, and this is what came up. This is no joke and this is accurate.

    AMD XP 3000+ 400FSB: $1874 - $112 dollars less, performance less than P4.
    Intel P4 3.0GHz 800FSB: $1986 - $112 dollars more, more performance

    Prices are final including shipping and tax and excluding cents.

    Effectively, the difference is a hundred dollars, to be exact, it is $112 dollars, thats not hundreds. You get what you pay for.

    I, in fact, designed but of these top notch systems trying to not pass my $2000 limit and trying to save every buck I could.

    Who knows... I may even purhcase the AMD, just because I've never really owned one, or I may purchase the Intel, just because I love the stability and I've used it forever.

    I encourage you guys to try this yourself, and prove to yourself the difference. My price is a bit high because of case and tons of accessories. Yours will be undoubtedly lower if you don't have accessories. Accessories such as Audigy 2 Black Bezels, an extra CDROM, a set of 5.1 speakers, cold cathodes and led fans, etc. Not accessories to items like extra USB ports, firewire, etc.
     
  9. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 730

    and, we don't really give a rip

    what way you go..........this is just a stop gap system before the hammer arrives.........the amd processor is 150 cheaper, can be run in dual channel, and can overclock like a demon........a gig over it's stock speed......but, it's all good..........get what you want and be done with it :grinthumb
     
  10. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,040

    Are you serious? A gig over stock speed? You mean clock speed? Or the final result?

    Anyhow, I think someone would probably do 1/4 of the way anyways because over that is extremely unstable.
     
  11. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    Haha. This is funny. Dude... millions of people say lots of things are right that just aren't, but go ahead. Majority does NOT always rule.
     
     
  12. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,040

    Majority adequite reviews should pull in an average. But then again, if you don't care about the little things, then why care in the first place?

    It doesn't seem as if numerous sites would state invalid stuff or invalid results that would probably be a gain or loss.
     
  13. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    No, but the point is actual realtime use is what counts. These reviews go by benchmarks most of the time.

    Also, I've stated before that everyone that wants to learn about computers has to learn to go by their own knowledge instead of some sites reviews. Or if you trust someone elses knowledge then let that be your guide.

    That is just me though. I dont trust reviews that well, even though I'm sure they are pretty legit (most of the time). Especially in the case of benchmarks -- reviews just arent useful really. They are to an extent, but they never weigh on my final decision to buy something. In some cases Ive went by reviews but only things other than performance reviews, etc.
     
  14. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Most reviews are accurate, you've just got to read between the lines as they don't tell you the reasoning behind the results, which are therefore open to interpretation are are often misleading.

    As regards P4 vs Athlon, the P4 is faster currently just because Intel play a large part in providing compiler optimisations for their CPUs, so all recent software is optimised for the P4.

    The P4 is actually inferior to the Athlon and this is seen when running older software that hasn't been optimised for the P4. The specific optimisations are for SSE2 instruction set, which Intel have not yet licenced to AMD (I think, though maybe AMD aren't prepared to implement the changes to their CPUs at this time - the Athlon64 does have SSE2 support and its own specific compiler optimisation, and is looking really fast right now), leaving AMD at a disadvantage when running newer software.

    As to price difference between equivalent P4 and Athlon systems, I can't really comment on the prices sourced in the US, but over here in the UK the equivalent P4 3.06 and Athlon 3000+ CPUs would be separated by about £200 ($300), which is quite a bit of money.

    Also, the Athlon XP 1700+ JIUHB core CPU can reach 3200+ speeds when over clocked, and can be bought for a mere £50 ($75), while Intel have the highly overclockable P4 2.4 GHz 800 fsb which can overclock to 3.2 GHz also, but costs an additional £100 ($150) more than the Athlon 1700+.

    P4 mainboards are LESS stable (though still very stable) than nForce2 mainboards and also tend to cost about £30 ($50) more for similar specs in the UK.

    As you can see, a P4 system is likely to cost around £130 ($200) more for a low end system that you can overclock, and around £230 ($350) more at the higher end (P4@3.2GHz/Athlon@3200+). Thats quite a bit of cash, but if it is much cheaper in the US, and you can get an equivalent P4 for only $112 more, then go for it. It will be slightly faster.

    However, most of us here support AMD simply because without them we would all be paying significantly more for our PCs, and just now AMD are not doing too well, whereas Intel are doing very well, despite their underhanded tactics to destroy any competition they have. Intel sucks!
     
  15. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,040

    Good point, though, I purhcase in the US.
     
  16. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,040

    I was planning on buying the Asus A7N8X Deluxe but that mobo looks horrible in this nice, slick, black case that I'm buying. The brown kills its.

    Now, will this be a sufficient replacement for the A7N8X Deluxe? I'm loading it with a 3000+ 400FSB.

    Aopen AK79D 400 MAX Motherboard for AMD Socket A

    http://secure.newegg.com/app/specification.asp?item=13-137-035

    I hope that link works.
     
  17. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 730

    yes, nic

    here is the article to substantiate http://www.hexus.net/review.php?review=536 and yet, that 3000+ 400fsb processor has fallen to around now about 250.....considering the 3200+ price as a 400fsb processor @ about a couple hundred more, he's saving .........or, as you suggested, he could go by the way of the bizarre'..........boy, can you believe that...............and, they have those processors in stock.....hehe.......boy, i've thought about it.....i've just not seemed to be able to pull the trigger on that approach..........and, you have to run dual 3500 ram, which is fine by me, but more costly..........if he would only drop that spec to the 333fsb 3000+, he could get an additional 100 off the processor, and get cheaper ram........which makes the overclock a stretch of an idea for me, as far as saving money..........and, you had better have a motherboard with a bios capable of making the ratio conversions in agp/pci as you crank up that fsb.
     
  18. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,040

    You think that Aopen one is sufficient for ratios as A7N8X Deluxe?

    Oh yeah, PC3200, I ditched the idea of faster RAM, they've only got AGP 4x max (all those mobos).
     
  19. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,384   +15

    WTF r u thinkin XTR? Your not buying one of the best mobos, cuz its brown? You gotta be $&#!ng me... To be honest though, u cant really tell the color of the mobo. Buy the time u got all the hardware hooked up, u cant even see much of the mobo. And its not like your going to be looking at the mobos PCB, you'll be looking at the cables, vid.card, cpu cooler,etc.
     
  20. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 730

    i believe

    the gigabyte,abit, and asus boards were the better nf2 boards...............the gigabyte voted best overall, next, abit, for it's overclocking abilities(soft bios), and, of course the asus board........i'd want one with the onboard soundstorm......it's supposedly surpasses audigy..........you might consider the raid feature.......paired ram, and you're set :grinthumb yeah beavis.......hehe.....it's brown.......hehe
     
  21. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,040

     
  22. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 730

    now, now

    the board says it has incremental stepping by 1mhz in both fsb and agp/pci...........so your home free bro...........i take it you like the color :grinthumb
     
  23. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,040

    This will do that job as would the A7N8X Deluxe would do, right?
     
  24. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 730

    pretty much

    only if you get it with raid or not
     
  25. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,040

    Is raid even that important? I can't even imagine myself using it. I'm gonna have 1 HD and maybe 2 but the point of RAID.... dunno if I'm ever gonna use it.
     
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